Calexico, Calif. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Calexico downtown port of entry Thursday seized approximately $21,500 worth of methamphetamine concealed on the body of a pedestrian border crosser.
On Dec. 19, at about 3:50 a.m., a CBP canine team was screening pedestrian travelers as they waited in line for inspection. The detector dog alerted to an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen and officers escorted the man to a secure area for further review.
During the inspection, officers discovered two wrapped packages of methamphetamine strapped to the man’s abdomen and lower back, concealed under layers of clothing. The narcotics yielded a total weight of about 2.5 pounds.
The man, a resident of Mexicali, Baja California, was turned over to the custody of Homeland Security Investigation agents for further processing, and was later transported to the Imperial County Jail to await arraignment.
CBP seized the narcotics.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.